Tim Bradley: 'I Can Beat Manny Pacquiao, No Doubt'
Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum told FanHouse recently that WBO and WBC junior welterweight (140 pounds) champion Tim Bradley might be a good match for southpaw WBO welterweight (147 pounds) and WBC junior middleweight (154 pounds) titlist Manny Pacquiao as early as the fall or the first half of 2011.
"Tim Bradley is an excellent fighter, and he's a very articulate, clean-living young man. We would do a full publicity blitz on Tim Bradley to make him known to the public," said Arum, who promotes Pacquiao.
"Obviously, then, that would be our goal to build him [Bradley,]" said Arum. "To build his name recognition so that we could make a fight happen between Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao."
If that's the case, then the 27-year-old Bradley (27-0, 11 knockouts) believes that he will be the perfect opponent to defeat the 32-year-old Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs).
"I don't think that Manny Pacquiao has faced someone like me who has the skills and who can fight. I think that I would be perfect, man," said Bradley.
"I think that, I, myself, if I fight the perfect fight, man, I know that I can beat him," said Bradley. "If I fight the perfect fight then I can beat Manny Pacquiao, no doubt."
Bradley is contractually bound to do at least one more fight with promoter, Gary Shaw, who told FanHouse that he is seeking a summer bout, perhaps in June, opposite WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) should Khan get beyond a scheduled April 16 bout in England against an opponent to be determined.
"I'm working on a fight with Amir Khan and another fight, but, you know, Amir Khan is the only one that I want to go on the record with," said Shaw. "I have spoken with [Golden Boy Promotions CEO] Richard Schaefer about Amir Khan and about a fight sometime in the summer."
Bradley is coming off of last Saturday night's HBO televised, 10-round, technical decision victory over 23-year-old southpaw Devon Alexander (21-1, 13 KOs), from whom he lifted the WBC belt.
Alexander was the third straight undefeated fighter that Bradley has taken down.
In December of 2009, Bradley won a clash of unbeaten boxers in dominant fashion over Lamont Peterson (28-1-1, 14 KOs), dropping his rival for the first time in Peterson's career in the third round on the way to a Showtime televised, clear-cut, unanimous decision that earned honors as FanHouse's Most Dominant Performance Of The Year.
In July of 2010, Bradley earned an HBO-televised unanimous decision over welterweight Carlos Luis Abregu (29-1, 23 KOs) of Salta Salta, Argentina, in a non-title bout before his hometown fans at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
FanHouse scorecards had Bradley losing a combined five rounds against Abregu, Alexander and Peterson.
"I think that the thing is that I'm a smart fighter who is just as quick as Manny is but with good foot movement and good head movement can give Manny some problems," said Bradley. "And I just believe strongly that I am that guy who can do that. That's just what I think and that's just how I feel."
A long-time presence on HBO, Pacquiao will pursue his 14th straight victory and his ninth knockout during that run when he faces 39-year-old Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) in a May 7 defense of his WBO belt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in the first-ever appearance on Showtime for both fighters.
Prior to Mosley, Pacquiao scored consecutive unanimous decisions at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, respectively, over former world champion Joshua Clottey, in March of 2010, and, ex-titlist Antonio Margarito, in November, for the WBC crown.
"They're just putting Manny in there with stiffs, man. They need to put Manny in there with guys who can actually punch and punch back. They need to put him in against someone who has some defense," said Bradley.
"Someone who can offer it up and throw Manny off with some movement to isolate all of those punches that Manny likes to throw," said Bradley. "We walk around at about the same weight, so there's really no excuses for him not to fight me. What's big deal? I mean, how much more do I need to do to get a shot at this guy?"
Bradley has spent plenty of time studying Pacquiao both in and out of the ring, having read Pacman: Behind The Scenes, a book Gary Andrew Poole that chronicles the life of the eight-division champion, as well as having watched many videos of Pacquiao's fights.
"Manny is a great fighter, and what makes him so great is his tenacity, man. It's how determined that he is. He's like, possessed in there. And he loves action. He loves to fight. He's a crowd-pleaser," said Bradley.
"So I've seen Manny work, and I've been studying Manny for the longest time," said Bradley. "I've watched him every single time that he fights. I watch a lot of video on him, constantly, and I've seen certain things that bother him."
Bradley said that he has learned much, for example, from Pacquiao's win over Margarito as well as his November, 2009, 12th-round knockout victory that dethroned current WBA junior middleweight (154 pounds) champ Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) as WBO welterweight king.
"In the Cotto fight I saw a couple of things that bothered him," said Bradley. "In the Margarito fight, I saw a couple of things that bothered him."
Pacquiao has taken criticism for facing the aging Mosley, in addition to having not faced what some observers consider to be a top notch African American fighter -- the latter being a notion with which Arum stand in agreement.
Mosley was chosen by Pacquiao and his handlers as an opponent over 27-year-old WBC welterweight king Andre Berto (26-0, 21 KOs), who is African American of Haitian decent, along with 37-year-old WBO and WBA lightweight (135 pounds) belt-holder, Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 38 KOs), who has battled to a draw, and, lost a disputed decision, respectively, against Pacquiao.
"Marquez is not your typical Mexican fighter. Marquez is a technician. He's a counter-puncher who is accurate and he doesn't have that typical Mexican style where they come forward and don't box. Marquez can come forward, but he also boxes," said Bradley.
"You know, Marquez was able to box Manny and he gave Manny fits -- twice. And in one of those fights, I, for sure, thought that Marquez won, you know," said Bradley. "That second fight, I thought Marquez gave Manny fits, dude, in that fight and that Marquez won it. So, when I look at that, man, I'm like, 'You know, man, this guy Manny Pacquiao can be beat.'"